1. A yellowish-silver carangid food fish (Caranx bartholomaei syn. Carangoides bartholomaei) of western Atlantic and Caribbean waters.
2. Nautical A yellow flag hoisted on a ship to request pratique or warn of disease on board.
3. See yellow fever.
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